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Hi Everyone,

Ive just joined the site because my family is really interested in either rehoming a young cockapoo or getting a puppy.

Have rung around a few places but Im really anxious to get off pets4home as I've read horror stories about dodgy dealers.

Can anyone recommend breeders of F1 cockapoo puppies around the Kent and London area? I just need a few word of mouth suggestions to make me feel at ease.

There is the option of one in Cambridge, but one closer would be great. Black/chocolate/ or mixed colour would be best, but I'm not fussy, more concerned with temperament.

This is the first puppy we have ever brought, after having lots of rescue dogs and are nervous to take the leap of faith on someone who isn't on the CCGB.

Ive checked all of the ones listed by them, and unfortunately they are either all reserved or not ready to be collected for 6/7 weeks. Preferably we would want one asap because my daughter is at home revising at the minute and is keen to do the training. But would compromise for one after, as i do work for home

Any Advice?
 

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Buying a puppy is a scary business...
It has been said before that the CCGB is only a group of breeders - think of it as a marketing tool rather than any assurance of quality breeding and do your own research to make sure the key tests have been done and the pup will be raised in the way you feel is right. Ask lots of questions - go and see for yourself and tempting as puppies are do not rush the process of finding the right pup.
I traveled for nearly 5 hours for Dot, so cannot recommend local breeders... but perhaps someone else will. Even if they do, do your own checks too.
Good luck to your daughter in her exams and warn her that revision will be impossible with a cute pup as a distraction!!!
 

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Hi in my quest I found it helpful to visit the local parks there are a lot of cockapoo owners out there who are only too happy to talk to you about their dogs it made me aware of breeders it didn't know existed then I came home and done more research on them it also made me aware of a lot of so called breader to steer clear of. Good luck I feel your frustration :)
 

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Yes sadly cockapoo's are such a 'fashion' at the moment that of course there are so many people breeding them, some from quite unsuitable parents. Don't be afraid to phone lots of breeders, and don't be in too much of a rush, this new member of your family will hopefully be in your family for a very long time so it really is worth waiting to find the right one, your daughter could still do evening sessions and there will be holidays after revision/exams. I would also say it is worth a long drive for the right pup, the downside of that is that it maybe more difficult visiting the pup before collection day. A good breeder will be delighted if you ask lots of questions, about health testing, do they have certificates you can see, what socialisation do they do, how many litters do they breed/have bred, why are they breeding cockapoo's....
meeting local cockapoo's is a good idea, finding happy confident dogs that the owner would recommend the breeder is a good start, am seeing a few nervous ones now which is a shame. If someone says they have just one or two left of a litter or a returned pup I would ask to see photo's of when the whole litter were there, with mum too, sadly a lot of puppy farmed pups are being transported to family homes to be sold on to unsuspecting buyers. Google the tel number as well, sometimes you see lots of previous ads for pups which don't match up with what the breeder is telling you....it is a minefield...but worth it! (and don't believe a breeder who says they have low maintenance coats!!) - phew, think I'm done, off my soapbox and out for a walk!! Good Luck.
 
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